Maritime Resources Drills 1.4 gpt Au over 92.1 Metres at Hammerdown
Toronto, Ontario--(Newsfile Corp. - February 1, 2021) - Maritime Resources Corp. (TSXV: MAE) ("Maritime" or the "Company") is pleased to provide assay results from the Hammerdown Gold Project ("Hammerdown" or the "Project"), in the Baie Verte Mining District of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. These latest drill results were received from the 2020 drill program at the Hammerdown deposit and the nearby Lochinvar VMS target (see Figure 1). Results from an additional 12 drill holes at Hammerdown are still pending.
New Discovery: 6.9 gpt Au and 12.9 gpt Ag over 6.0 metres ("m"), including 19.9 gpt Au and 24.1 gpt Ag over 2.0 m in drill hole GA-20-35, located 150 m east of the Hammerdown deposit at 145 m below surface
Hammerdown: 18.8 gpt Au over 2.1 m, including 24.4 gpt Au over 1.6 m in drill hole MP-20-156
Wisteria Zone: 1.4 gpt Au over 92.1 m in drill hole MP-20-165
Wisteria Zone: 1.1 gpt Au over 28.0 m in drill hole MP-20-163
Lochinvar VMS target: 0.4 gpt Au, 29.7 gpt Ag, 0.2% Cu, 2.0% Zn and 1.0% Pb over 21.3 m, including 2.8 m grading 2.7 gpt Au, 178.3 gpt Ag, 0.7% Cu, 12.7% Zn and 6.8% Pb in drill hole GA-20-33
"These latest results from Hammerdown demonstrate the potential to extend the deposit towards the east where our step out drilling intersected a new high-grade vein with visible gold and substantial silver," commented Garett Macdonald, President and CEO. "Results from the Wisteria Zone continue to show broad intervals of mineralization outside of the current mineral resource which could have a positive impact on the project economics by reducing the open pit strip ratio in this area. Our 2021 exploration program will commence this week at the Hammerdown Gold Project with two drill rigs and 12,000 m of drilling planned between the Hammerdown and Orion deposits where we see promising opportunities for further discoveries," continued Mr. Macdonald.
New High Grade Mineralization Discovered Along Strike from the Hammerdown Deposit
A new mineralized quartz vein containing pyrite and abundant visible gold (Figure 2) was intersected in drill hole GA-20-35, returning 6.9 gpt Au and 12.9 gpt Ag over 6.0 m, including 19.9 gpt Au and 24.1 gpt Ag over 2.0 m. The mineralization encountered is similar to the veins commonly seen at Hammerdown and opens an unexplored area for potential resource expansion along strike and at depth. Hole GA-20-35 was drilled in an untested area between Hammerdown and the Lochinvar VMS target, approximately 150 m east of the current Hammerdown deposit at a depth of 100 m below surface. This area is open in all directions and follow-up drilling is planned for Q1 2021 (Figure 3).
The latest drill results from Hammerdown also returned more significant assays from the 2020 infill program, including drill hole MP-20-156 which intersected 18.8 gpt Au over 2.1 m, including 24.4 gpt Au over 1.6 m, within the core of the PEA open pit shell (Figure 5) with grades and widths comparable to those mined by Richmont Mines between 2000-2004.
Additional infill drilling at the Wisteria Zone returned broad intersections of gold mineralization along strike and at depth (Figure 4). The Wisteria Zone is located along the southern edge of the Hammerdown deposit and occurs as a broad zone associated with sheared mafic and felsic volcanic rocks with strong sericite and pyrite alteration. Assay results include drill hole MP-20-165 with 1.4 gpt Au over 92.1 m and drill hole MP-20-164 with 1.4 gpt Au over 15.5 m. These two holes were drilled in a southwest direction, opposite from previous north-south oriented drilling, and may have intersected a previously unrecognized cross cutting mineralizing event as evidenced by the increased number of high grade veins in the area. More drill holes are planned to test this interpretation.
A new zone of mineralization resembling Wisteria has also been identified 70 m east from the Wisteria Zone, just inside the southern limit of the PEA open pit shell. Drill hole MP-20-160 intersected 0.5 gpt Au over 23.4 m from the start of the hole and 40 m below this interval, hole MP-20-144 intersected 1.0 gpt Au over 4.2 m. These intersections lie outside of the existing mineral resource and represent another new zone of gold mineralization (Figure 4).
Lochinvar VMS Target
Drilling at the Lochinvar VMS target continues to return broad intervals of gold, silver and base metal mineralization. Recent results include 0.4 gpt Au, 29.7 gpt Ag, 0.2% Cu, 2.0% Zn and 1.0% Pb over 21.3 m, including 2.8 m grading 2.7 gpt Au, 178.3 gpt Ag, 0.7% Cu, 12.7% Zn and 6.8% Pb from drill hole GA-20-33. The Lochinvar VMS target is located approximately 800 m northeast from the Hammerdown gold deposit. Two steeply plunging, massive sulphide lenses have been traced from surface to approximately 200 m below surface where they remain open. The mineralization consists of heavily disseminated to massive sphalerite, galena, chalcopyrite and pyrite with lesser barite and significant tennantite and electrum.
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Table 1: Summary of Assay Results
(True thickness are interpreted to be 60% to 100% of sample interval length and grades are uncapped)
|HD-20-03||No Significant Assays|
|HD-20-04||No Significant Assays|
|MP-20-147 Geotech||No Significant Assays|
|MP-20-149||No Significant Assays|
|MP-20-150||No Significant Assays|
|MP-20-154-Geotech||No Significant Assays|
|GA-20-31||No Significant Assays|
|GA-20-32||No Significant Assays|
Table 2: Drill Hole Location and Direction Details
All samples assayed and pertaining to this press release were completed by Eastern Analytical Limited ("EAL") located at Springdale, Newfoundland and Labrador. EAL is an ISO 17025:2005 accredited laboratory for a defined scope of procedures. EAL has no relationship to Maritime. Samples are delivered in sealed plastic bags to EAL by Maritime field crews where they are dried, crushed, and pulped. Samples are crushed to approximately 80% passing a minus 10 mesh and split using a riffle splitter to approximately 250 grams. A ring mill is used to pulverize the sample split to 95% passing a minus 150 mesh. Sample rejects are securely stored at the EAL site for future reference. A 30-gram representative sample is selected for analysis from the 250 grams after which EAL applies a fire assay fusion followed by acid digestion and analysis by atomic absorption for gold analysis. Other metals were analyzed by applying an acid digestion and 34 element ICP analysis finish. EAL runs a comprehensive QA/QC program of standards, duplicates and blanks within each sample stream.
About Maritime Resources Corp.
Maritime holds a 100% interest, directly and subject to option agreements entitling it to earn 100% ownership, in the Green Bay Property, including the former Hammerdown gold mine and the Orion gold project plus the Whisker Valley exploration project, all located in the Baie Verte Mining District and the town of King's Point, Newfoundland and Labrador. The Hammerdown Gold Project is characterized by near-vertical, narrow mesothermal quartz veins containing gold associated with pyrite. Hammerdown was last operated by Richmont Mines between 2000-2004.
On Behalf of the Board:
Garett Macdonald, MBA, P.Eng.
President and CEO
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Exploration activities at the Hammerdown Gold Project and Whisker Valley are administered on site by the Company's Exploration Manager, Larry Pilgrim, P.Geo and Technical Advisor Jeremy Niemi, P.Geo. In accordance with National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects, Larry Pilgrim, P.Geo. Exploration Manager, is the Qualified Person for the Company and has reviewed and approved the technical and scientific content of this news release.
Caution Regarding Forward Looking Statements:
Certain of the statements made and information contained herein is "forward-looking information" within the meaning of National Instrument 51-102 - Continuous Disclosure Obligations. Forward-looking statements are often identified by terms such as "will", "may", "should", "anticipate", "expects", "intends", "indicates" "plans" and similar expressions. Forward-looking statements include statements concerning the potential to increase mineral resource and mineral reserve estimates, the Company's decision to restart the Project, the Company's plans regarding depth extension of the deposit at Hammerdown, the Company's plans regarding completing additional infill and grade control testing within the PEA mine plan, the Company's plans regarding drilling targets previously identified, the anticipated timing of provincial environmental assessment approval for Hammerdown, and the Company's decision to acquire new mineral property interests and assets including the Nugget Pond gold circuit and other business opportunities, amongst other things, which involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company, or industry results, to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking information. All forward-looking statements and forward-looking information are based on reasonable assumptions that have been made by the Company in good faith as at the date of such information. Such assumptions include, without limitation, the price of and anticipated costs of recovery of, base metal concentrates, gold and silver, the presence of and continuity of such minerals at modeled grades and values, the capacities of various machinery and equipment, the use of ore sorting technology will produce positive results, the availability of personnel, machinery and equipment at estimated prices, mineral recovery rates, and others. Forward-looking information is subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties which could cause actual events or results to differ from those reflected in the forward-looking information, including, without limitation, the ability of the Company to continue to be able to access the capital markets for the funding necessary to acquire, maintain and advance exploration properties or business opportunities; global financial conditions, including market reaction to the coronavirus outbreak; competition within the industry to acquire properties of merit or new business opportunities, and competition from other companies possessing greater technical and financial resources; difficulties in advancing towards a development decision at Hammerdown and executing exploration programs at its Newfoundland and Labrador properties on the Company's proposed schedules and within its cost estimates, whether due to weather conditions, availability or interruption of power supply, mechanical equipment performance problems, natural disasters or pandemics in the areas where it operates; increasingly stringent environmental regulations and other permitting restrictions or maintaining title or other factors related to exploring of its properties, such as the availability of essential supplies and services; factors beyond the capacity of the Company to anticipate and control, such as the marketability of mineral products produced from the Company's properties; uncertainty as to whether the acquisition of assets and new mineral property interests including the Nugget Pond gold circuit will be completed in the manner currently contemplated by the parties; uncertainty as to whether mineral resources will ever be converted into mineral reserves once economic considerations are applied; uncertainty as to whether inferred mineral resources will be converted to the measured and indicated categories through further drilling, or into mineral reserves, once economic considerations are applied; government regulations relating to health, safety and the environment, and the scale and scope of royalties and taxes on production; and the availability of experienced contractors and professional staff to perform work in a competitive environment and the resulting adverse impact on costs and performance and other risks and uncertainties, including those described in each MD&A of financial condition and results of operations. In addition, forward-looking information is based on various assumptions including, without limitation, assumptions associated with exploration results and costs and the availability of materials and skilled labour. Should one or more of these risks and uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described in forward-looking statements. Accordingly, readers are advised not to place undue reliance on forward-looking information. Except as required under applicable securities legislation, Maritime undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
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